Saturday, April 24, 2010

Apple Whine

From the title you've been warned that I'm a bit miserable. Feel free to click away now.

I went to the doctor yesterday, expecting him to put me in a cast. I knew the foot was a little swollen but was shocked when the bandage and split were removed to reveal I had grown a football on the end of my leg. Because of all the swelling I had also developed a post-op blister that popped as the bandaging was removed. Because of the swelling some of the stitches were very hard (and painful) to remove.

I really have no one to blame but myself, this is after-all my third foot surgery. I know that I need to keep it elevated above my heart and I did - but not nearly enough. I can't sleep in the bed with it propped up on a tower of pillows. I tried reading but lying on my back I can't get my bifocals to focus. And then there is the lure of my computer. It's a great little lap top but over heats when placed on my belly. It is very frustrating to have to ask John to bring me anything I want or me, I'd much rather get up an do it myself.

The cam walker is heavy and uncomfortable but at least I can take it off to wash and tighten the bandage. Since the doctor appointment yesterday I have been in as much or more pain than I was in right after the surgery. I can't figure out why the foot hurts much less when I'm sitting up with it stretched out next to me than when I'm lying down with it up on a stack of pillows. Most of the time when I get up on the crutches I break out in a sweat and often feel nauseous. I slept on the couch last night so it would be properly elevated. At least John was able to sleep better and it did stay elevated all night.

I guess I've used up my sitting up time for this morning. For the next week I'll be watching a lot of movies and reading any large print books I have or can get from Mom.


  1. You have every right to whine all you want to! I really hope you feel better soon....take care...

  2. Oh, Apple...I really feel for you! Take care, my friend. This too shall pass...

  3. I'm sorry you're hurting. I hope you feel better soon. If it's any consolation, I'm off my feet a good deal these days too. All the pain relief I'd gotten from phys tx for my back is gone and I'm back to having to limit my activities a lot more than I'd like. :-( I say we look on the bright side... We can't stand long enough to do dishes, laundry, or grocery shopping. Let's try to appreciate our situation for now because before long (hopefully) we'll be back to complaining about those very things ;-)

  4. So sorry to hear this - I know what a whiner and a pill I'd be in such circumstances! Hope you are able to mend soon!

  5. I know how hard it is to keep sit around and "feel bored" when you might want to read, or compute. I hope you can relax and keep that foot up now. I wish you great progress, and as much comfort as is possible.

  6. For computer heat, I use a chill pad under the lap top, then, I put chill pad and lap top on a lap desk.

    Sorry to hear bout your set back, GRRR

    But, Whine away, or is that WINE away???

  7. We all know why you're miserable...your missing your gardens! Have John cut some daffy's on his way in. At least you'll have something pretty to look at from your reclined position on the couch~~WITH YOUR FOOT ELEVATED! But no matter what you must continue to keep that laptop working! We'd miss you terrible without request a bed tray to set the laptop on. And keep typing! LOL.

  8. Sorry I haven't visited in awhile, Apple - you sure have been on a rollercoaster recently and I hope the ups and downs will get gentler soon!

    Congrats on having your genealogy blog be named to the top blog list and condolences on being stuck in convalescence when the garden finally wants to wake up.

    Try to enjoy the week of movie watching!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  9. I'm so sorry you are in agony! I hope you feel better soonest!